“Can you remove that? It’s a security risk (…) I don’t like the idea of being shot by a madman,” the businessman wrote, offering him $5,000 to remove his “service” on Twitter.
Elon Musk blocked the young man on his social networks who created an account on Twitter that tracks the movement of the businessman’s private plane , and who later rejected a monetary offer from the businessman to eliminate it, according to the tweeter himself.
“You know, it’s kind of weird: he wants me to delete it and he seems very angry ,” Jack Sweeney, a 19-year-old student and creator of the ‘bot’ , told Bloomberg on Twitter.
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The young man said he is still waiting for the director of SpaceX and Tesla to contact him again, and that in the meantime he is developing his own business tracking the planes of other renowned personalities.
Sweeney was seen last week on the front pages of various media, after revealing to the Protocol site that Musk had offered him $5,000 for the removal of his detection ‘service’ on Twitter.
“Can you remove that? It’s a ‘s a security risk ,” read the first contact Jack Sweeney received last fall. “I don’t like the idea of being shot by a madman,” the SpaceX owner alleged as a reason for requesting the account be terminated, according to Sweeney.
According to the young man, the conversation continued with a few more messages and Musk offered him $5,000 if he would stop tracking him. In counteroffer, Sweeney asked for $50,000 , which he said he would invest in training and possibly a Tesla car. The richest man in the world promised to think about it, but so far he hasn’t given him a penny, so he keeps his account active.
In his last message to the billionaire, Sweeney said he would prefer an internship at one of his companies, rather than a payment in exchange for deleting the account. This Sunday, the businessman finally chose to block the young man.